A solicitor from Penzance is working with local charities to support terminally ill people and their families as they prepare for their final days together.
Louise Southwell, partner at Coodes, wants to encourage conversation amongst families where a member is facing death and to access pre-bereavement support.
She is working with charities such as Macmillan Cancer Care and Cruse Bereavement Care to bring together agencies working with people with life-limiting and terminal illness.
“Pre-bereavement is a relatively new idea because it involves talking about something we’d rather avoid – death,” said Southwell.
“However, if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can be a great comfort to be able to make arrangements and decisions about the end of your life, and for after you’ve died.”
As part of her work, Southwell, who heads up Coodes’ elderly client team, has provided training for nurses at Macmillan Cancer Care on the legal aspects of pre-bereavement.
Considerations include making a Will and setting up Power of Attorney.
Coodes has also launched a printed guide to pre-bereavement, available through its offices in Cornwall and Devon and online.